One of the head-scratching choices by the Seattle Kraken at last month’s expansion draft came from the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead of taking RFA Nikita Zadorov, who was flipped by the Blackhawks for a third-round pick a few days after the draft, or Adam Gaudette, who accepted his $997K qualifying offer, the Kraken basically decided to forfeit the pick. They selected minor league forward John Quenneville, who was a Group VI unrestricted free agent and quite a bit removed from his first-round draft pedigree.
The Kraken never signed Quenneville, and now the 25-year-old forward is looking for work overseas. He has signed a tryout with the ZSC Lions to help them with their Champions League games later this month. Whether it goes beyond that remains to be seen, but it seems obvious that Quenneville won’t be helping the Kraken anytime soon.
A talented junior player, Quenneville was originally picked 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2014. He made his NHL debut during the 2016-17 season, but has just 44 games under his belt overall. With just two points in 16 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs in 2020-21, his status has never been further from the NHL. Now he’ll try to get that career back on track overseas, playing for one of the most popular and successful teams in Europe.